Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Cisco Launches “What if your tv could talk?” Contest!
    Cisco  has a new “What If Your TV Could…?” contest. Being an software engineer for 12 years and having a husband who has worked in the same field meant that Cisco as a company has come across our paths once too often.  It is certainly one of those companies that you totally respect.  I normally never post about company contests (I figure that is what advertising...
    by at June 2nd, 2010 at 08:06 pm
  • Win Senseo Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lynn! So we got the Senseo. We are somewhat decent coffee drinkers, more of tea drinkers. So when we occasionally want a good cuppa we sometimes reach for the (sigh) instant coffee. Yes, we have a filter machine (albeit not a good one) but since we don’t drink a lot we don’t believe it is worth the effort for just one or two...
    by at May 29th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  • African Dwarf Frog Eco-Aquarium From Wild Creations! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Laura There’s nothing like learning about nature than to see it in front of you. Problem with most “pets” is that the bulk of the feeding and cleaning falls on the shoulders of parents. Shoulders, I might add, that are so overloaded with responsibility that parents opt not to get a pet as they feel it too much. Still if...
    by at May 26th, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • Can The Pouchee Hold It All?
    So I am in the throes of trying to find an ideal handbag. The one big stumbling block is the reluctance to spend money on myself. I guess since I have bought so many cheaper bags (and dealing with the consequences of it) I should invest. In the meantime I am moving stuff from one bag to another which is annoying at the least. My bag also ends up being a catch-all in the...
    by at May 26th, 2010 at 07:05 pm
  • Top Picks For Parties!
    I have been lucky to come across a few products recently that came in handy when I held my 3 year old and 5 year old’s joint birthday party. You Cake You Cake creates personalized toppers for cakes. They had created the Mommy Niri logo topper for my Mom Nite Out and offered to create one for my girl’s cake. The topper itself is not pricey and start from around...
    by at May 25th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Win “Giada at Home” Cook Book and Food Network CD
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amy! The countdown to the next food network star is already underway (12 days to go and counting).  This is one contest that is always a tough one as you win your own show. It is about cooking, cooking well, cooking with style but most important cooking with your own style. The line up looks vibrant and quite diverse so this is going...
    by at May 24th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • The White Elephant Hotel Residences At Nantucket!
    We were just drooling over our Atlantis media trip and already restless with very itchy feet so when we were invited to head to The White Elephant hotel residences at Nantucket there was no arm twisting involved. I must confess though hotels don’t make me very excited, well I better quickly add hotels with kids. See I am a light packer but for my kids I pack a ton...
    by at May 21st, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Win The Tooth Fairy DVD (2 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Rebecca and Deb! Filmed in Vancouver, Tooth Fairy is a comedy fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson as title character along with Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews. As the story goes hardcore hockey player Dwayne bursts the bubble to “poor” kid about the non existence of the tooth fairy. After some scenes that could only come from...
    by at May 21st, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Scholastic’s Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch (Giveaway 5 Winners)!
    We go through books like food, in fact, maybe even more than that. I dread when the school sends that Scholastic order form in my PreK kid’s backpack, as I find it hard to resist buying the books. Since my kids have been in the cooking mood, both with their play kitchen and also with their pretend play restaurant they enact, I thought that this book was worth a peek. It...
    by at May 17th, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • Snow White Hits Wilbur Theater In Boston! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Anandhi! No one needs to tell you the story of Snow White, right. In fact that is what so beautiful about it, there are so many subtle variations that it is like a good homecoming knowing what comes next. Movies are always amazing but theater has its own beauty that is hard to rival. In fact I had really assumed my younger kids to have...
    by at May 13th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Barilla Pasta – A Favorite In My Home! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jennifer! I review many products, some I like, some I don’t, and some are in-between. There are few that I can safely declare that I use in my home. Barilla pasta is one of them.  Don’t call me a food snob, I have dabbled in other (cheaper) brands but have decided to sticky with Barilla as most of them lack firmness and stick...
    by at May 10th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Win The Sothys Face Care with Helianthus and Rosemary Comfort Mask!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Shellie. I don’t spend much (read any) money on makeup but skincare on the other hand is another matter. Of course recent economy stabilities have had an impact on my spending so I have had to make do with less than flattering results. Here is my theory – this is the one skin that we have. How we take care of it will show....
    by at May 7th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  • The Corolle Bebe Charmeur Doll And Red Fuschia Carriage Giveaway!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amber! So Mother’s Day is approaching. It is. We may not be able to trust yours truly to come through but maybe we can come through for a little mommy (or daddy). The one thing I love about dolls is the nurturing they teach.  Though I have not seen this particular doll I can say safely that having seen several of Corolle dolls in...
    by at May 2nd, 2010 at 07:05 pm
  • Photoworks – A Personalized Gift For Mom!
    I was approached to test drive the Photoworks new site and though I used to spend a lot of time before buying prints and photogifts I have to admit that I have not explored too much in a while. I have to admit so much has changed. Uploading of files is so fast, no more waiting while you watch the “working…” sign forever. The preview ability also takes...
    by at May 1st, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • And Now My Stove Needs To Go!
    So it has been 3 months with my Frigidaire dishwasher. Might I add 3 blissful months. You never think that a dishwasher can make a big difference but it does. The bickering about redoing the dishes is over – every morning you wake up to clean dishes. No more worrying about loud noises emitting, the super silent dishwasher makes it possible to do a load even for...
    by at April 30th, 2010 at 06:04 pm
  • Timing Is Everything!
    I always wondered who would use the timing feature on the dishwasher. On my bread machine it rocks but on a dishwasher? I mean I could understand that if the dishwasher was loud (set it off and leave the house) but my Frigidaire dishwasher is so quiet that I often have to open it to see there are signs of water splashed around aka it is working. But now I have found...
    by at April 28th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza By Laura Numeroff (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Darleen And Greg! Have kids in tow? Have PreK or toddlers in tow? Then there is a pretty good chance that you would have come across Author Laura Numeroff’s best-selling book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This time Laura’s new rendition, The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, is totally in keeping with quality but she has...
    by at April 24th, 2010 at 07:04 am
  • O’BON – Eco Friendly School And Office Supplies! (Giveaway – 3 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations, Char, CandCan and TrixTrix! The fact the eco friendly products are creeping into every aspect of our life from cooking, to cleaning to playing it was overdue that it made an entrance into the school and office supplies arena. Judging by the amount of paper that just my PreK kid brings home in her backpack, is alone scary. As much as we...
    by at April 21st, 2010 at 08:04 pm
  • Win A Kid’s Vegetable Growing Kit From Terracycle!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Tara! Eating healthy starts from kids knowing where their food comes from. If you are constantly feeding your kid processed food it would be difficult for her to fathom the important nutrition that comes from fresh fruit and vegetable. Seeing a plant grow from scratch is magic in its own right. Now club that with the recycled products from Terracycle...
    by at April 19th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Fruit2O Essentials Good Enough For Guys And Gals! (Giveaway)
    Contest Closed! Congratulations Jerelyn! Water, natural water, is good for you. You don’t need to be a genius to know that. The problem is that had it not been so, well, tasteless – it would be easier to down. Am I saying that replacements are better than water? Heck no! But if drinking a close cousin will get you hydrated I am all ears. If that other drink...
    by at April 14th, 2010 at 07:04 pm
  • Super Why And Wow Wow Wubbzy Highlight Earth Day! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Rebecca! Last year for Earth Day my girls headed to the Kid Toons to watch an episode of Super Why dedicated to the Earth Day theme of saving water. The episode subtly focuses on the impact of wasting water but in a dialect children can understand. Children, like everyone else, hate being lectured to, but explaining the ramifications...
    by at April 13th, 2010 at 07:04 pm
  • Week 2: Another Chance To Win That Mommy Niri Mug!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sheila! So you may not have won the 1st mug but there are plenty more where that came from – or at least 4 more. Again, this mug from SeeHere.com I would love to see in the hands of a fan who is an avid reader of MommyNiri.com. Let’s keep it simple! Leave a comment to answer:  How did you discover MommyNiri.com? Contest closes...
    by at April 11th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Now Available On Ninentendo DS
    One of the hottest toys of 2009, Zhu Zhu, is now available on Nintendo – featuring nine pets and several levels of play. Your little kids can scoot and scamper the little rodents through a fun area full of mazes. There are speed ramps, slide chutes, and tunnels to add to the excitement. The game is quite easy for my 2yr and 4yr olds. As the kids maneuver the little...
    by at April 11th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • An Eco-Friendly Playhouse From KidsCraft (Giveaway)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations AEVande! You know how you always want to make that little go-cart or boat or rocket out of a cardboard box that you spied in some television show. As much as the idea is endearing and filled with creativity galore, that empty box is hard to come by. I mean seriously, how often do you buy a fridge or some other big appliance. Just a few...
    by at April 9th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Holly Robinson Peete’s New Book “My Brother Charlie”! (Autographed Giveaway – 3 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amanda (autographed copy), Elizabeth & Michelle Most people are aware of Holly Robinson Peete, in fact I have not watched her recently but have been a fan since 21 Jump Street (I know showing my age).  When I heard about her new book, co-written with her daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete, called “My Brother Charlie” and that...
    by at April 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm
  • I’m Off To Wisteria Lane! (But You Can Win A Gift Basket Including A Desperate Housewives DVD)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jennifer from Savor The Thyme! So I am heading to Los Angeles, or more specifically Wisteria Lane, in a few days. Yes, that Wisteria Lane! Dana Delany, star of Desperate Housewives, is the celebrity spokesperson for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. While there we will be visiting a local food bank. Since I have volunteered at the...
    by at April 2nd, 2010 at 10:04 pm
  • Check Out My Personalized Resort Tote from Initials (Win A $50 Gift Card Too)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Arla! I am a bag lady. Well sort of. I love bags. I just don’t have much luck with them. When I was approached to review the new Resort Tote from www.initials-inc.com I was interested. The bags could be personalized and that was great since I had never owned a personalized bag. I have often bought personalized stuff for my kids but...
    by at April 2nd, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Steiff Has A Bunny For Easter Or Everyday!
    Steiff has the coolest bunny to rival any Easter bunny out there.  In fact when this appeared in the mail my girls were apprehensive to touch it as it looked so life-like. This little bunny who is known by the affectionate name of Dossy is just one of the several items in the amazing Steiff collection. Some stories are steeped in history and when a company has been...
    by at March 31st, 2010 at 09:03 pm
  • A Little Goes A Long Way!
    It is true: less is sometimes more. Although I have been excited about washing dishes (sure, call me a freak) I have been concerned about living in the dishwasher liquid aisle to replenish my supplies. And before you think how can I really like washing dishes, if you read one of my older posts about hating unloading the dishwasher you will know that washing is not something...
    by at March 31st, 2010 at 07:03 pm
  • Week 1: Win A Mommy Niri Mug!
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Prachee! 4 more mugs to giveaway! So I made a mug. Friends liked it. They asked for it. Mommy Niri always delivers! SeeHere.com, who made the amazing mug I featured on the blog earlier, offered to celebrate Mommy Niri’s anniversary with me and offered me a few to give to my readers. I am an avid chai/tea drinker so that mug...
    by at March 31st, 2010 at 07:03 pm
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berry Café
    Dollhouses are one of those toys in my home that have a pretty long lifespan. Storytelling is healthy and I personally love toys that assist in it without doing all the thinking (read electronic sounds) for you. With my kids being on the younger end in age I am also pretty careful to the imagery they receive in dolls and having already been a fan of Strawberry Shortcake...
    by at March 29th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • My Cheap Date Challenge!
    I was approached by Blockbuster Express to have a cheap date movie night. Since at one time I used to rent movies from Blockbuster I could never associate the words cheap and Blockbuster in the same sentence. Even if I did manage to get something cheaper it would be 100 years old that no-one would be interested in watching anyhow. Enter Blockbuster Express and I was amazed...
    by at March 28th, 2010 at 07:03 pm
  • Win A Custom Shirt From Fibers.com!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Aimee! When I was approached by the guys at Fibers.com to review an item from their customized printed apparel it was just around the time I was thinking of getting a Mommy Niri t-shirt so I thought perfect timing. Now it is always dicey, in my opinion, to get sizing just right online so I was anxious at first. Since most of the products...
    by at March 27th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • Win The Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey DVD!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kevin! Curious George is a firm favorite in my home. I love that! He probably resembles a little child more than any character in any of the children’s shows. Enough curiosity to learn but enough mischievousness to constantly be in trouble. The maths and science aspects are well entwined in each episode that kids explore without realizing...
    by at March 23rd, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • Win Sunglasses For Your Kid!
    CONTEST IS CLOSED! Congratulations Elizabeth! It was a bit sunny out today in Boston so I know summer is just around the corner. While thinking of sun protection for the body, sunscreen is one that easily comes to mind. Sure we think sunglasses but more in terms of how cute our kids look in them. Now raise your hands if you have gone through loads of sunglasses for your...
    by at March 17th, 2010 at 08:03 pm